ACTING HEADSHOTS: PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS FOR ACTOR, ACTRESS

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS FOR ACTING: ACTOR HEADSHOTS FOR MEN, WOMEN – OUTDOOR, COMEDIAN, CASTING, BLACK & WHITE PORTRAITS, PORTFOLIO, WEBSITE

San Francisco Bay Area photographer specializing in natural light, modern photos and authentic acting portraits for agencies, casting calls, portfolios, websites, acting headshots comedy headshots, comedic head shots, comedian headshots and more. I love capturing beautiful, unique editorial and environmental portraits for clients with a custom approach.

San Francisco Bay Area Professional Acting Headshots For Men & Women

I highlight strengths and capture individuality in people in a flattering, unique environments with a focus on color + environment for the photoshoot. Location scouting in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco, Marin County and Oakland) and creative direction is my specialty.

I shoot outdoors, client places of business and public spaces with natural light for the photo session. Whether you are male or female, long hair or short hair, updating your photos or getting your first set of professional images, let’s talk! Samples below.

What Casting Agents Look For In Headshots?

Casting agents are looking for versatile headshots that capture your specialties and a range of looks. Ideally these images are authentic, natural but flattering and can help picture yourself in a range of roles. Most people should have a range of soft neutral looks, bright bubbly looks and serious intense looks depending on the roles you seek or what your agent suggests for you.

Photos should focus on personality and not be merely glamour shots with eyes piercing in the photos and an inner story being conveyed in your expressions. Avoid strong dramatic shadows that take away from your facial features and tend to indulge photographers with an ego that are more concerned with photos for their portfolio rather than you getting roles. Focus should be on your eyes, not your lips, ears nor collars.

Should You Photoshop Or Edit Your Acting Headshots Or Modeling Digitals & Portraits?

It will depend on your photographer and agency. There are several photographers out there that overly embellish and filter photos to make subjects too artificial and fake which many agencies hate because the actors and actresses don’t look like their photos.

There is nothing worse than attending an audition only to be sent home immediately because your photographer altered your appearance beyond recognition. You might like these overly soften, airy portraits but often these types of photos are useless by agencies and talent reps as they misrepresent your real life appearance. My approach is to focus on natural, organic photos in flattering light vs. using excessive studio lighting and butchering photos in post-processing. 

What To Wear For Your Professional Acting Headshots: Actors & Actresses?

Dark jewel tones are recommended for your acting headshot. Anything too soft or light might get washed away or clash with skin tones. Bold colors are best to stick out from the crowds and leave a lasting impression in your acting headshot. The focus should be on you so avoid white and distracting patterns. Keep it simple. If you have any questions, I am available to guide you through recommended looks based on what I observe in your personality and appearance.

 

Should You Smile In An Acting Headshot?

That depends on the type of work you do or what you want to be casted for. I recommend having some photos with smiles with a range (full mouth expressive, slightly opened grin, closed mouth approachable etc.). Some more theatrical or comedic roles demand more dramatic headshots with hysterical laughter type images. Talk to your casting agent if you have one, if not, good to get a range as most people want to see what you might have a hard time seeing in yourself. Don’t choose looks or poses that go against your strengths or what you are aiming for. Acting too cute or approachable all the time can be tempting but also sabotage your efforts.

 

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Do You Need Makeup For Acting Headshots?

More is less. Avoid caked up looks or makeup artists that work with certain photographers that prefer saturated looks. You want to look yourself on your best day but in an effortless manner rather than trying too hard. Too much makeup or working with a new makeup artist can lead people to doubting their looks or feel uncertain about a new look. Don’t do this as it shows in photos.

 

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About Eddie Hernandez

Eddie Hernandez is a professional photographer based in San Francisco, servicing clients in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago. His speciality is approachable, professional photos and focuses on outdoor headshots, branding photos, lifestyle images and those seeking something custom rather than a boring, stiff studio headshot.

His locations scouting is second to none. He factors outfits, hairstyles, hair colors, skin tones, industries, inspiration and availability to customize photos for LinkedIn, branding efforts, press releases, company websites, speaking conferences and personal websites.

His clients include VC firms, CEO's, Founders, Attorneys, Tech, Non-Profits, Medical Professionals, Coaches, Engineers, Government Employees and Creative Professionals from companies like Google, Apple, Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, Yelp & more.

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